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Producers intended to begin fieldwork on April 20.....

    FARGO, N.D. - For the week ending April 9th, temperatures averaged four to eight degrees above normal, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The warm temperatures melted much of the remaining snow across North Dakota and warmed soils at the same time. Some northern areas, where large amounts of snow were received this winter, were experiencing some flooding.

    Producers continued to prepare machinery for planting spring crops.

    Calving and lambing has progressed well with average to below average death losses.

    Reports indicated that, on average, producers intended to begin fieldwork on April 20. There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork.

    Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 4 short, 70 adequate, and 25 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 6 short, 74 adequate, and 18 surplus.

    Field Crops Report
    Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 2 poor, 17 fair, 74 good, and 4 excellent.

    Spring wheat planted was 2 percent, near 4 last year and 5 for the five-year average.

    Livestock Report
    Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 72 good, and 10 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 2 percent heavy, 65 average, and 33 light. Calving progress was 52 percent, behind 41 last year, but near 48 average.

    Sheep and lamb conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 69 good, and 8 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 3 percent heavy, 60 average, and 37 light. Lambing progress was 67 percent, ahead of 60 last year, but near 66 average. Sheep shorn was 53 percent complete, behind 63 last year and 69 average.

    Hay and roughage supplies rated 6 percent very short, 20 short, 72 adequate, and 2 surplus.

    Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 87 adequate, and 9 surplus.


    FARGO, N.D. - In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service began contacting North Dakota farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information. The results of the Cash Rents and Leases survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers and ranchers. Additionally, the results will be used to help establish government payment rates for CRP and other Federal programs.

    "This brief survey is our best source of county cash rental rates," said NASS' North Dakota State Statistician Darin Jantzi. "By responding, producers help ensure USDA publishes the most accurate data possible."

    NASS will release State level cash rental rates on August 3, 2017. County level rates for non-irrigated cropland, irrigated cropland, and pastureland will be published on September 8, 2017.

    More than 6,500 North Dakota farmers received the survey forms. In addition, NASS offers the option of responding online via a secure internet connection. In April, NASS representatives will begin calling and visiting land operators who have not yet responded.

    "NASS will summarize producer responses, providing estimates of average rent and lease rates at the State and County levels," Jantzi added.

    For more information about NASS' Cash Rents and Leases program, call our Northern Plains Regional Field Office at 800-582-6443. All NASS reports and data are available online at  



   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)



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